Lake Ontario Seaway Trail Olcott Lighthouse

The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is a 518 mile scenic drive along Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River in New York and Pennsylvania.

We’ll be focused on the portion that runs along the southern Lake Ontario shoreline, from Fort Niagara in Youngstown to Fort Ontario in Oswego. Checkout this Google Map of locations along the Seaway Trail.

I recommend breaking the route in two: Fort Niagara one day, Fort Ontario another. I’d also recommend enjoying the stops backwards, heading into Rochester rather than away.

Get the bulk of the long-drive out of the way in the morning and start the trip at the farthest point, bouncing your way back slowly toward Rochester. You’ll have a better gauge of your time, how you and your traveling companions are feeling, and ensure that you don’t use up your energy before a long drive home.

The great thing about a trip like this is it’s primarily slow roads passing through small farming and lakeside communities. You’ll find unique places to see, shop and eat while enjoying a relaxing day along Lake Ontario. You’ll also find a great variety of places that will entertain you, inspire you, and calm you.

Western Seaway Trail

Lake Ontario Seaway Trail Olcott Lakeview Village Shoppes
Lakeview Village Shoppes in Olcott

The trail runs from Fort Niagara to Rochester mainly along Rt. 18, taking you through:

Eastern Seaway Trail

Chimney Bluffs State Park

The trail runs from Fort Ontario to Rochester primarily Lake Rd (Rt 1, Rt 101) and Rt 104, taking you through:

Where are your favorite places along our Lake Ontario Seaway Trail?

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